It looks like Xbox gamers will soon have more places to play. Microsoft is building a platform to extend the functionality of Xbox Live to iOS and Android devices, according to The Verge.
Microsoft’s plan is supposedly intended to “win back” game developers from their competitors by making Xbox Live much easier to integrate into applications and games. This means “fewer restrictions” and “better tools.”
Currently Xbox developers must be certified and receive permission from Microsoft to create products. In the future, “simple and lightweight” tools will allow developers to bring their games to various platforms, including Windows, iOS, and Android.
A new job offer from Microsoft suggests the direction the company wants to take. In the Software Development Engineer II position, Microsoft says:
As a member of the newly created team, you will have the rare opportunity to influence our planning and design from the start. We are going to create a modern standard that is open source, lightweight, extensible, and scalable across different platforms, including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android.
Despite many attempts, Microsoft has had relatively little success in the mobile space, largely due to the popularity of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms. However, at the same time, Microsoft’s Xbox platform has been successful.
The company’s latest console, the Xbox One, was released in November, and in January, Microsoft announced that it had sold 3 million Xbox One units before the end of 2013.
It will be interesting to see what this news means for Microsoft and the future of mobile gaming. As usual, we will keep you informed.